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pack a tripod

Unless you have sturdy hands to hold your camera for a minimum of 10 seconds, mounting your camera on a tripod is your best bet for a good shot. Whether it's a small one for group photos or those extendable ones for wide shots, investing in a good quality one will be worth your money.

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Access your

Surroundings

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Access your

Surroundings

Before setting up your equipment, take a look around the area to identify the best spots to shoot. Better yet, find inspiration on Instagram to find cool angles and poses. By taking in your surroundings, you’ll have a better idea on how to adjust your camera settings or the subjects you are shooting.

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Switch To

Manual Focus

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Switch To

Manual Focus

The autofocus is a life saver for those that want to snap and go. Though it does wonders during the day, better switch to manual focus for night photography. The lack of light makes it hard to autofocus and you may end up with a photo that focuses on something else instead of the main subject.

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Play Around With

The ISO

A higher ISO setting makes your camera more sensitive to light allowing you to shoot in a darker setting. But this can cause your photos to be grainy and less sharp. So try to keep your ISO low while adjusting the shutter speed and aperture to get well-lit photos with less noise.

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Do Test Shots

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Do Test Shots

After adjusting your camera settings and mounting your tripod, take time to do some test shots. Sometimes you have the vision of what you want to shoot in your head but it does not really work out due to many external factors. Allow room for adjustments and think outside box if an idea does not work out.

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Save In

RAW File

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Save In

RAW File

Shooting at night basically means you are shooting high dynamic images. Casual photographers will notice their preferred file format to save their photos is jpeg. But saving in jpeg heavily compresses the quality of the photo. Do a switch and save in RAW format for the best results.

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Visit During

Non-Peak Nights

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Visit During

Non-Peak Nights

The Macao Light Festival is a month-long event in various locations. If you have the time, visit these sights during low peak days so you have more time and space to get the perfect shot. Try touring during the weekdays or visit earlier in the evening before the crowd swells.

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Pack For

Every Weather

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Pack For

Every Weather

Not only does your camera need prepping, but the photographer also has to be prepared. Make sure to pack for any weather condition and in this case, it’s the rain. Best to prepare a poncho for yourself and an umbrella to keep shooting if it’s drizzling.

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Bring Extra

Batteries

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Bring Extra

Batteries

This one is a no brainer if you are taking photographs while you travel. If you are going to be out the whole day sightseeing and snapping pictures, chances are you would have exhausted the camera battery. Having an extra pack is important since you’ll be spending time tinkering with the settings to shoot at night.

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